They have a sand box so no ash.
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Mine do this every time I feed them the flock block. I have to take it away from them because it gets like this. I think it's the molasses in the flock block. I give it to them when they free ranged yesterday and I noticed yet again one had this black poop and really torn up not firm at all. It's every time I give it to them this happens. SO I'm just going to let them have it once a week or less if it keeps happening.
Mine ALSO has fireplace ashes to dust bathe in.
Edited by RoseMarie1 - 2/24/14 at 6:44pm
What does their diet consist of? Have you ever wormed them or used preventative treatment for coccidiosis? Often enteritis can go on undetected until damage is done to the intestines. Protozoa, worms, bacteria can all cause enteritis in birds. This is why some of us use water dispersible probiotics regularly in water with vitamins and electrolytes. Birds up to 9 months of age get preventative treatments of Corid in water every three weeks. That's how I do it and rarely have digestive problems with my flock. Often worms cannot be seen without the assistance of bright light and good eyesight on a fresh dropping. Even then, you can't always see them.
Remember, the intestinal villi can become frayed by limited to no antioxidant quality in the constant regeneration of cells in the gut. Acidity changes in the small intestine and damage to lining invites all sorts of problems. Enteritis causes increased mucous secretion and intestinal fluid resulting in diarrhea.
Probiotic supplementation by dispersible powder in waterers has a high absorption rate. Vitamin supplements are also beneficial for the immune system when used with probiotics. This is important for the regeneration of cells always taking place which ACV does not do. The condition of droppings is the first indication of gut health, or lack of it. If you are seeing black droppings, or mucous laden droppings, I'd back off on the garlic and ACV, and go with a well formulated feed, and water supplemented with Probios dispersible powder + a good quality vitamin electrolyte powder 2-3 times a week.
Hi I am looking for a solution for another problem but I found this... beyond taking the chicken to the vet for a sample.